UNIFIL Strengthened with international
contingents with troops, armor & artillery
UN Forces in South Lebanon (UNIFIL) are being strengthened with new
forces from European and Asian countries. The new forces are far better
equipped, compared with previous UNIFIL detachments deployed to South
Lebanon in the past three decades.
France is preparing a first armored unit, the 6th-12th Cuirassiers
Regiment to deploy to Lebanon with 13 Leclerc tanks, heavy artillery
unit and two mechanized infantry companies, a total of 900 soldiers. The
deployment is expected to begin September 15. According to brigade
commander, General Pierre de Villiers the Leclercs are expected to
deploy with 155mm guns to defend against mobile missile teams known to
exist in the area. A second battalion of 700 men is expected to arrive
in Lebanon in the coming weeks, augmenting the first battalion and lead
force of 400 soldiers already deployed.
The Italians have already deployed a first contingent of 1,000 soldiers.
The Italian forces deployed with five navy ships, 132 wheeled vehicles,
16 tracked vehicles and 10 armored attack vehicles.
The Indonesian military is planning to purchase 32 armored vehicles from
Renault, to support the planned peace-keeping operation in Lebanon.
About a 1000 military personnel and their supporting equipment have been
prepared for the dispatch to Lebanon while waiting for official decision
from the United Nations on the time of departure, concept of operation,
and the rule of engagement.